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BREAKING NEWS: Portugal extend Santos contract after Euro 2016 glory

FernandoSantos - Cropped Portugal coach Fernando Santos after winning Euro 2016 (source: Getty Images)

Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos has penned a new deal to take charge until the next European Championship.

Santos’ side were not among the favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy, and earned few admirers through the tournament as they drew their three group games.

Only Wales were beaten in 90 minutes by Cristiano Ronaldo and company as the Selecao scrapped their way to a final showdown against hosts France.

Eder was the unlikely hero in extra time at the Stade de France after Ronaldo had been withdrawn through injury.

The tournament top-scorers, France were unable to break through Santos’ resolute backline with Real Madrid defender Pepe picking up Man-of-the-Match honours.

A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) confirmed: “The new deal between the FPF and Fernando Santos will be in force until Euro 2020, coinciding with the end of the mandate of the current Director of the Portuguese Football Federation.”

Santos took charge of the national team after their group-stage elimination at the 2014 World Cup under Paulo Bento.

A Primeira Liga title in 1998-99 with Porto, where he also won two Taca de Portugal crowns, ranked as the highest accolade in Santos’ career before his Euro 2016 triumph.

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